Archive for the ‘Kathleen Kane’ category

Byzantine Pennsylvania

December 2, 2015

Shortly after , Kathleen Kane, the first woman (and Democrat) Attorney General was elected and took office, the wheels began to come off the wagon. What has transpired will some day make a good read or maybe even present Hollywood with a story too good to tell.

Ms. Kane was a political animal and had little or no trail experience when she elected to run for office. Following a bruising primary, she went on and won the Attorney General position in the general election. The people had spoken, so is that not the end of it?

Apparently Ms Kane saw political enemies behind every tree and when she began to act upon her campaign promise to open review of the State’s investigation into the Penn State Jerry Sandusky trial, the “villains” began to multiply.

Kane countered this group of “enemies” by passing selective information on.  The leaks of confidential information to State newspapers lead to a grand jury being empaneled in which Ms Kane was summoned to testify. As a consequence Ms Kane was held in contempt for lying to the grand jury and is now awaiting trial.

A State level judicial board met and decide to revoke Kane’s law license making her an Attorney General without an approved license to practice law. Hmmm.

Kane has refused to resign and claimed she could carry out the Attorney General duties without holding a license.

If this is not complicated enough, add to this soap opera Kane’s claim that she was the target of an old boys network and that she could prove it.  Hmmm.

Kane then proceeded to gain permission to release emails held on State servers from and to members of the State Supreme Court. The release lead to the term “porn-gate” when the released emails showed many of the Supreme Court Justices happily exchanging off color emails which contained references to nudes, sex, racial, and homophobic themes.

One Justice has resigned and the Chief Justice now is under pressure to resign.

One can question what’s wrong with these emails since “everybody does it”. What puts porn-gate over the top is that the Justices exchanged and received these emails from practicing attorney who came before them in court… sleeping with the enemy?

As Kane’s trial is drawing closer, the State Senate and House are trying to impeach Kane. Allegedly impeachment is sought because Kane no longer has her license. Hmmm.

Kane, however, has other plans. She has appointed a Special Prosecutor who will be asked to review all emails held on State servers and look for a wider pattern of email messages unsuited for State business.

It does not take much of a stretch to guess that many State legislators, ready to impeach Kane (as well as those not ready), are breathing heavily now worried about what juicy emails lie in their accounts.

Most of the off color and insensitive emails when put in sunlight reflect on the frailties of our elected public servants. What is far more troubling is the open buddy-buddy relationships between various branches of State Government and State Agencies. Where are the checks and balances. Where is the impartiality we expect from our public officials?  And, what other “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” type emails will emerge?

Stay tuned, the best may yet  come.